No Season for War, No Season for Peace
The Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, a veteran of four wars including World War II, wrote "A man has no time in his life... to have a season for every purpose... A man needs to hate and love at the same moment, with the same eyes to cry and to laugh, with the same hands to throw stones and to gather them, to make love in war and war in love."
Amichai's powerful and particularly Israeli perspective resonates with me especially on this Veteran's day. As we take time aside to mindful of the courage and sacrifices made by those who serve and have served to defend the United States, I realize that in America with its vast size, volunteer military and wars that often seems light-years away, there are many who take for granted the distance between ourselves and what is faced by those who are honored. But today, like yesterday, will be another day in Israel without this illusion. ... read the rest
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